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@simoneyvetteleigh

from @remains2beseen Image of a young girl's skull wearing a wreath of ceramic Myrtle flowers and bronze wire. According to carbon dating she was buried in 300-400 BC and can be seen at the Archaeological Museum of Patras (Greece. Website is www.ampatron.gr) I saw this posted on Old Pics Archive some experts to approximate her age as 5-6 years” #humanremains #skull #childsskull #remains2beseen #archaeology #anthropology #flowerwreath #flowercrown #sculpture

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@drlindseyfitzharris

Several of you have written to me about a scene in the TV series, THE ALIENIST, in which the coroner inserts tubes into the bloated bellies of corpses and burns off the trapped gases in each of the dead bodies. I must admit, I've never come across specific references to this practice. What I can tell you is that Victorian sanitary reformers believed that gases leaking from rotting bodies were poisonous, even deadly. According to Lee Jackson (author of Dirty Old London), sextons and undertakers were often called up to “tap” coffins in church vaults, drilling a hole to prevent them breaking open with explosive force. Disposing of the dead was a growing problem in metropolitan areas during the Victorian era. Churchyards were bursting at the seams with human remains, posing huge threats to public health. It was not uncommon to see bones projecting from freshly turned ground. Bodies were crammed on top of one another in graves, most of which were merely open pits with row after row of coffins. Gas could prove fatal: graveyard workers who broke into bloated coffins were occasionally suffocated by the release of “cadaverous vapours,” according to Jackson. At the beginning of the century, two men fell twenty feet to the bottom of a burial pit and asphyxiated on gases emanating from bodies contained within. So while this doesn’t exactly answer your question about the practice depicted in the TV series, I hope it does give you some insight into why Victorians were concerned about this. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were coroners who tried to burn excess gas from bloated corpses in their morgues. But remember: most dead bodies in this era never reached a medical examiner’s table. The majority of those who died in the 19th century were washed and prepared for burial at home by the women of the household. #themoreyouknow #thealienist #netflixoriginal #netflixandchill #neftlix #alienist #calebcarr #TIL #FOTD #victorian #dead #death #bloating #bloated #rottingcorpses #humanremains #morgue #medicalexaminer #coroner

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@dansemacabregallery

Our collection of real human skulls, in various stages of decay. (Left to right) 1,100$ , 1,000$ and 975$ We are happy to ship to the right home. . . . #dansemacabre #dansemacabregallery #humanremains #humanskulls #skulls #skeleton #vultureculture #taxidermy #deadthings #haunted #goth #gothasthetic #pagan #necromancer #occult #oddities #curios #witchcraft #wiccan #asabovesobelow #deathisonlythebeginning

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@art.archaeology

This weeks lecture, Forensics: Batavia Victims. Featuring one of the many skeletons excavated, here we have - SK15 #archaeology #batavia #bataviavictim #humanremains #skeleton #bioarchaeology #forensics #archaeologystudent #archaeologyofdeath at University of Western Australia

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@carlavalentineuk

From my @remains2beseen human remains account: Beautiful image of a young girl's skull wearing a wreath of ceramic Myrtle flowers and bronze wire. According to carbon dating she was buried in 300-400 BC and can be seen at the Archaeological Museum of Patras (Greece. Website is www.ampatron.gr) I saw this posted on Old Pics Archive with the caption "Did she die at Coachella 300 BC?" which did make me chortle a bit. But the fact her adult teeth hadn't finished coming through has caused some experts to approximate her age as 5-6 years old and it doesn't seem quite so funny when you know that. It's interesting how we humans disassociate death when we see a skull rather than soft tissue, and forgot that there is still someone somewhere who suffered an extreme loss, even if it was thousands of years ago. That's how we as a species cope with death though; using depersonalisation tactics. It's why human remains display is such an interesting area of study #humanremains #skull #childsskull #remains2beseen #coachella #archaeology #anthropology #flowerwreath #flowercrown

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@thenumberthirteen

Stack ‘em high. at Kranj

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@drlindseyfitzharris

In keeping with yesterday’s theme, I’d like to discuss the different ways people in the past believed a corpse could retain power, or vitality, shortly after death. In earlier centuries, the dead took on a life of their own, and when consumed, could even cure the sick. Those whose lives were cut short prematurely were believed to be especially powerful with regard to their restorative powers. For instance, it was widely thought that the hand of an executed criminal could cure a variety of ailments—ulcers, scrofula, cysts and even goiters. As soon as the victim had been pronounced dead, a crowd of people would surge forward to touch the cooling hand of the corpse dangling from the noose. Similarly, some people also believed that the same hand, dried and pickled, holding a candle made from the malefactor’s own fat would render the person who carried it invisible. This was referred to as the "Hand of Glory." This mummified hand was discovered hidden in the wall of a thatched cottage in the English village of Castleton. It was subsequently given to Whitby Museum in 1935, and is the only alleged Hand of Glory known to survive. I hope you’re enjoying my exploration of this subject on this page! #themoreyouknow #TIL #FOTD #handofglory #humanremains #whitbymuseum #histmed #corpsemedicine #death #deadbodies #folklore #specimen #mummified #weirdfacts

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@informationsickness

Some of the #cemeterys have fallen into disrepair and attempted grave robberies. Apparently coming across #humanremains is not uncommon. at Lafayette Cemetery

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@brian_incorruptible

New piece I picked up #humanremains #oddities #bones #givemeahand

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@hugocarloss

It may sound creepy but I often end up visiting cemeteries and tunnels when traveling, it might be because of my Mexican origins... This time I visited the Catacombs of Paris, the largest ossuary ever created. In the XVIIIth century, more than six million human remains where moved from different cemeteries in Paris to the city tunnels created originally as the carrières de Paris. 。 。。 。。。 #catacombes #Paris #cemetery #death #skulls #tunnels #dark #mort #catacumbas #traveling #France #crypt #bones #humanremains at Les Catacombes de Paris

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@emma_anthropologist

Sunday evening researching Iron Age skeletal remains from Southern Britain. Cultural Behaviour or Natural Processes? (Tracey, 2013) 💀📓☕️ #research #archaeology #osteology #ironage #humanremains #phdlife at Hyde, Tameside, United Kingdom

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@limbsdisarm

[3/3] Some of the archaological findings at the burial site and settlements of Lindholm Høje, Nørresundby, Denmark. They date from Germanic Iron Age to Viking age. More info in my previous posts. One factor that may have resulted in the abandonment of the site as a place for human habitation is the phenomenon of sand drift. It has been stated that at the beginning of the Viking Age, most of Denmark was covered in forests. Over time, however, the trees were chopped down to make various things, such as houses, ships and roads. As a result of this deforestation, the land in the western part of Jutland became exposed to the rough westerly winds. This continuous exposure led to degradation in the quality of the soil, perhaps due to erosion. Additionally, large amounts of sand were carried by the winds, and covered the land. When archaeologists began excavating in the 1950s, they found that Lindholm Høje was covered by a layer of sand that was several meters thick. The lack of suitable land for cultivation may have led the inhabitants of Lindholm Høje to migrate somewhere else. On the other hand, the sand helped to preserve the burial sites, the stone settings that marked the graves, and even a newly-ploughed field, which had been covered by shifting sand, still visible today. Many of the discovered prehistoric findings are displayed at the Lindholm Høje Museum. Some of the graves can be dated more precisely my means of the artifacts found in them, especially in graves with non-cremated bodies. In paticular female costume accessories, which changed according to fashion, give good dating possibilities. #cremationjewelry #dragonbrooch #urnes #urnesstyle #trefoilbrooch #tortoisebrooches #birdbrooch #bronzejewelry #urn #humanremains #godmask #freyja at Lindholm Høje Museet

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@lady_fabi

#Repost @remains2beseen ・・・ TREPHINING: Many of you will be aware of the procedure called trephining or trepanning which involves drilling or scraping away a piece of the bone of the skull to expose the Dura Mater (one of the brain's protective layers). Evidence of this sort of psychosurgery has been found in neolithic remains, but this is an example from around 1875 from our collection: a segment of skull with a trephined hole. You'll see the hole isn't perfectly round and one of the reasons for that is because the bone has healed into the wound. This means the person survived the proces and didn't die. It was done to relieve pressure in the brain which was perceived to be the cause of ailments such as headaches and epileptic fits, and also in the belief that it would allow 'demons' to escape. There are still some people who practice skull trepanning today and sometimes finger/toe nails are trephined after injury to let out blood and therefore excess pressure. You can see videos of it on YouTube #humanremains #remains2beseen #anatomy #pathology #specimen #conservation #medicalmuseum #pathologymuseum #anatomymuseum #histmed #conservator #trephining #trepanning #trepanation

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@deadtorites

I have my very own piece of @charlesclary art!!! ✨☠️🖤✨ Thank you so much and what a rocking session we @katieclaryphd had on death and display today at the National Council on Public History! Feeling magical right now 🤩 #ethicsofdisplay #humanremains

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@farmlife

#tbt that one time @bmxpmp came into town. #humanremains #dingalings

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@camptosaurous

A 4000 year old pot was found (intact!!!) at Hendersick Barrow in Cornwall and is thought to contain human remains!! 😳😍 (found this on the @bbcnews website)

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@remains2beseen

Because we have the incredible Wellcome Collection here in London, I've decided to start "Wellcome Wednesdays" in order to share some of their images, which are - very generously - accessible to all. Reposted from their @wellcomecollection account: "Human skin tattoed with a soldier, badge and anchor, France: Tattooed on to human skin are naval symbols including an anchor and the image of a soldier with the word 'Legion' above it. This may suggest the person was in the French Army or the French Foreign Legion. The skin was purchased by one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents, Captain Johnston-Saint, in June 1929 from Dr Villette, a Parisian surgeon. Villette worked in military hospitals and collected and preserved hundreds of samples from the autopsies of French soldiers. In the late 1800s, tattoos were often seen as markers of criminal tendencies, or ‘primitiveness’ and medical men tried to interpret the common images and symbols. Tattoos were also used as a tool for identification, a practice that continues today. Discover more of our collections at https://wellcomecollection.org/works" #WellcomeCollection #histmed #medicine #FrenchLegion #France #skin #19thcentury #tattoo #soldier #postmortem #humanremains #wellcomewednesday #publicengagement

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@obscuri_dark_aesthetics

Added a 10 yr old skull to the collection. It’s time to get a few more cabinets. A lot more mortuary items coming! #obscuri #doomroom #doomroomstudio #humanskulls #humanremains #odd #odditties #wunderkammer #death #necro #mortuary #mortuaryscience

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@remains2beseen

This is an "X-Ray Phantom": a gorgeous medical specimen of a fully articulated human foot set in lucite. Lucite is a plastic (poly methyl methacrylate) and when it was first created in the 40s/50s it became very popular in the manufacture of jewellery, accessories and furniture. It does go by the names acrylic, Plexiglass or Perspex and sheets of it make up our plastic 'pots' in the museum. This piece, however, utilises lucite as a resin which in that form is often used for animal preservation rather than humans. The above, however, is an X-ray phantom used for training and you can buy all sorts of these on the internet: hands, knee joints, pelvises etc. Before - once X Rays were discovered around 1896 - the techs used their own hands etc to train on (in fact Rontgen, who discovered them, used his wife...but that's in another post.) This use of living humans to test the rays led to serious physical complications and if I've not posted the sad story of our own Ernest Harnack yet I will soon. That's why these phantoms were created. In my opinion, if I could take every teaching specimen from my collection at the museum (by which I mean those which are more recent, and kept on the upper floors) and entomb them in lucite resin it would be wonderful! No crappy acrylic/Perspex 'visijars' which leak fluid (Kaiserling III) from the joints. No evaporations of fluid through micropores in the plastic, no cloudiness or globules of flat which need to be removed/cleaned and no spontaneous explosions (due to high internal pressure). I LOVE LUCITE!!! Also, am I the only one who thinks "X-Ray Phantom" is a fabulous superhero name? ☠ #humanremains #lucite #remains2beseen #acrylic #plexiglass #perspex #visijars #specimen #specimens #wetspecimen #severedfoot #specimenconservation #technicalcurator #pathology #medicalmuseum #anatomy

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@nate_gloom

Monster X in Bayville NJ August 11 1995. All the Bands pretty much played to one another. #humanremains #hellchild #devoidoffaith #monsterx #unanswered #dissolve #malefaction #hardcore #grindcore #punk

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@blooddrinkerarts

This piece features a dicephalic infant with two spines. Working on more pieces to go in a medical anomaly/disease collection. 💀 #darkart #darkartists #oddities #osteology #paleopathology #biologicalanthropology #medicalanomaly #anatomy #humanremains #humanbones #skeleton #skullart #disease #humanskull

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@remains2beseen

TREPHINING: Many of you will be aware of the procedure called trephining or trepanning which involves drilling or scraping away a piece of the bone of the skull to expose the Dura Mater (one of the brain's protective layers). Evidence of this sort of psychosurgery has been found in neolithic remains, but this is an example from around 1875 from our collection: a segment of skull with a trephined hole. You'll see the hole isn't perfectly round and one of the reasons for that is because the bone has healed into the wound. This means the person survived the proces and didn't die. It was done to relieve pressure in the brain which was perceived to be the cause of ailments such as headaches and epileptic fits, and also in the belief that it would allow 'demons' to escape. There are still some people who practice skull trepanning today and sometimes finger/toe nails are trephined after injury to let out blood and therefore excess pressure. You can see videos of it on YouTube #humanremains #remains2beseen #anatomy #pathology #specimen #conservation #medicalmuseum #pathologymuseum #anatomymuseum #histmed #conservator #trephining #trepanning #trepanation

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@dolencarag

🤘PRICEDROP🤘 📣 Available beautiful, dissected skull For inquiries click the link in our bio Septal cartilage vertical cut  Sinus frontalis and maxillaris - open up  Temporal bone - can be removed  Mandible left: nerves connected to teeth  Mandible right: dissected - 📸 @d.l.j.r #realskull #realhumanskull #skullcollection  #skullcollection #medicalcollection #bones #dissected  #articulation #anatomy #humananatomy #education  #humanremains #medicalskull #nerves #denture #osteology #medicalmodel  #dolencarag

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@remains2beseen

"Things I've learned not to do" 🚦 When you work with human remains and fancy yourself as a Marilyn Munster character you can end up in photoshoots. I was a bit naive here and I'm glad this one - for a national paper - was never printed. This is about one thing and honestly it was my ENTHUSIASM! Talking to a journalist and therefore the public about a subject close to my heart, and about this incredible collection, meant I wanted to share as much information as I could. We specifically spoke about the two specimens here, the bound foot of a Chinese woman on the left, and the liver of a "corset wearer" on the right, so why wouldn't I sit with both of those in the foreground? The problem is, there will always be complaints about how human remains are depicted in the UK, in part because we have the Human Tissue Authority (which is a good thing) and in part because it just makes sense. I've learned over the years to tone down my enthusiasm a bit and take a minute to think before I engage people with delicate topics, or say 'no' when asked to pose in a certain way for a shoot. I guess you could call me a Death Diva! I'll take it 😉 There's a very fine line to walk when discussing the deceased or human remains and I've learned that over 20 years working as a death professional as well as through higher education, training, poring over legislation and dealing with the bereaved. But it's worth it to share such a fascinating topic with the world (PS I'm selling this playsuit, and loads of other items, on eBay UK as seller "Formaldeheidi2015". One thing I've also learnt is I'll never squeeze back into some outfits, no matter how long I stare at them in the closet 👀) #humanremains #themunsters #marilynmunster #deathdiva #humantissueauthority #hta #publicengagement #health #pathology #anatomy #whatnottodo #ebay

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@timeghoul_

Convention scores 💿 honestly was shocked to find some of these rarities. #deathrow #apocrypha #comecon #humanremains #fog #adramelech #decrepit #onward #panthymonium #wickedinnocence #theoryinpractice

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@remains2beseen

A picture of my latex clad hand as I had just begun the autopsy of our US donor for the BBC show "Obesity: The Post Mortem". You can see the initial incision hasn't gone right through but the adipose tissue is visible. This documentary is now on in full on Netflix US and Netflix Canada. Its educational and not exploitative and it's extremely important when you consider obesity is now the second largest cause of cancer in the developed world. It will soon be back on BBC iPlayer but I believe you can watch it on YouTube too. I'll let you know when I do! #humanremains #autopsy #postmortem #education #documentary #obesity #obesitythepostmortem #anatomy #pathology #health #netflixus #netflixcanada #netflix #bbc2 #bbc3 #bbc1 #bbciplayer

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@mslucyboots

Ancestors' bones in the ossary at chapel St Giles de Gouarec, Brittany #ossary #bones #ancestors #humanremains #sacred at Gouarec

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